Merja Susanna Salonen Di Giorgio

Merja Susanna Salonen Di Giorgio

1973, Tampere
Visual Artist, painter
Bio    Artist’s Statement 

Merja Susanna Salonen Di Giorgio was born 1973 in Tampere. She lives and works in Helsinki. From 1998 on she has been working regularly in Italy, too.

The most important teckniques are oil on canvas and mixed media on paper as well as the environmental art.

Salonen Di Giorgio graduated with the Master of Arts degree at the Fine Arts Department, Pallas Program at the University of Art and Design, UIAH, Helsinki in 1999 (nowadays Aalto Univeristy).

She has the ordinary membership of the Finnish Painters´ Union.

Her paintings were exhibited for the first time in a juryed exhibition in 1995: the 48th Young Artists´Exhibition at Helsinki Taidehalli. Since then, Salonen di Giorgio has exhibited regularly in Finland and abroad.

To name some one man shows of paintings:

gallery G12, Helsinki, 2014
Lapinlahti Museum of Art, 2010
Taidesalonki, Helsinki 2010
Galleria Uusitalo, Helsinki, 2005
Galleria Katariina, Helsinki, 2000, 2014

Public works in Helsinki:

Piers, 2008, (concrete)
Memory Tracks, 2005 (concrete) and
Garden, 2000 (copper, alluminium, paint) Radisson blue Plaza, Mikonkatu 23.

In 1998-2000 Salonen Di Giorgio realised a foto exhibition Helsinki in Florence, Florence in Helsinki: Painterly details of walls shown directly in the streets, exhanging places of the subjects to study "genius loci".

In 2003 she published a book ´Helsinki in Florence, Florence in Helsinki ´about the project. The introduction was written byYrjö Larmola, the cultural director of the City of Helsinki.

In 2014 she published a book ´Grand Tour´ of her paintings with the introduction of MInerva Keltanen, the acting director of Sinebrychoff Art Museum, National Gallery of Finland.

Merja Salonen Di Giorgio´s work can be found among the following collections:

City of Helsinki,
Lahti Museum of Art
Tampere-Maja Association, Estonia, SOK, Aalto University and Okopankki Bank.


see also

The book is out in spring 2014:

Grand Tour

-numbered edition 500
-156 pages, about 100 images of paintings
-contact for more info: mail(at)

available also in:

- Nide bookshop, Helsinki
-Galleria Katariina, Kalevankatu 16, Helsinki
-Academic bookstore
- Adlibris
-Suomenlinna C74, Bookstore of the Info Center, Helsinki

Cantabile, oil on canvas, 114 x 171 cm